Date(s) - 11 Apr, 2017
Parkinson’s Disease Can Happen To Anybody.
In the European Union (EU), approximately 1.2 million people have their lives impacted by Parkinson’s Disease.
World Parkinson’s Awareness Day aims to raise global awareness of Parkinson’s disease. In general, members of the public have very limited knowledge about this condition.
Following an online survey in 2009 by the EPDA in which over 5000 people took part, it was found that over 50% did not know Parkinson’s was a neurological condition which affects movement. Even more striking was that over 75% of people surveyed did not know that rigidity, in which a person is unable to move their body (or certain body parts) is a key motor symptom of this disease.
If so many people are unaware of the key motor symptoms of Parkinson’s then gathering support for people with this condition is made much harder. It is also likely that people are unaware of the non motor symptoms that people with Parkinson’s may endure (including the side effects of those on medication).
Parkinson’s Awareness (International Program)